Over forty years ago, when she was just 11 years old, Lisa Brown thought she had lost her bicycle forever. One day in 1970, while riding across a rickety span of the Herring River in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, she lost her footing and tumbled, banana-seated cycle and all, into the muddy stream below. Although she was lucky enough to escape unharmed, the accident was not without a certain casualty.
"I went in with the bike, I floated to the surface," Brown told the Cape Cod Times. "I kicked away from the bike and I just must have pushed the bike way into the mud."Decades after that unfortunate incident, however, a remarkable coincidence would soon reunite them.
According to Cape Cod Times, Brown's wife Deirdre Olinger -- surely familiar with the tragic tale -- was recently walking along that same stretch of the Herring River when she spotted something:
"I passed the bike, I caught it out of the corner of my eye, and then I thought ... 'Wait a minute what kind of bike was that?'" Deirdre said. "I saw that it was a banana seat and just about the right size for an 11-year-old girl."
After her discovery, Deirdre brought her wife to the scene.
"When I finally walked up to the bike ... I was like, 'Wow! That's my bike! I know that's my bike!'" Brown said. "It was like finding a long lost friend."